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Who We Are
Disability Rights California (DRC) defends, advances, and strengthens the rights and opportunities of people with disabilities.
DRC works for a world where all disabled people have power and are treated with dignity and respect. In this world, people with disabilities are supported, valued, included in their communities, afforded the same opportunities as people without disabilities, and make their own decisions.
DRC values all forms of human diversity. We are committed to a culture of belonging where all people are welcome. In order to be effective advocates for all people with disabilities, we must address discrimination in all its forms, including the unique challenges faced by people who experience the intersection of multiple systems of discrimination
Law students will find working with DRC a challenging and rewarding experience. Law clerks are typically assigned to one Practice Group within the Legal Advocacy Unit (LAU), or the Investigations Unit. Each law clerk will collaborate with their unit to serve clients across the state. While we do our best to assign supervision in the same office, at times, remote supervision is necessary to provide law clerks opportunities within a particular unit. Currently, most DRC employees and law clerks are working remotely. Depending on their assigned unit, law clerks may gain experience with:
- Interviewing clients and consumers;
- Providing counsel and advice on self-advocacy;
- Legal research and writing;
- Legislative analysis and writing;
- Representation at mediation and administrative hearings at school districts, universities, regional centers, social security offices, and others;
- Assisting people with psychiatric disabilities in locked facilities to ensure the enforcement of their federal and state constitutional and statutory rights;
- Helping clients file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
- Assisting in the investigation of systemic and potentially life-threatening abuse and neglect in state and private facilities serving people with psychiatric and developmental disabilities;
- Conducting trainings on the law; and
- Multicultural outreach.
DRC is currently accepting law clerk applications from post-graduate individuals looking for a temporary position between taking the California Bar Exam and receiving bar exam results (Fall and Spring). Please include in your cover letter your requested time commitment and desired unit(s) and practice group(s). See more information about our Practice Groups here: https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/careers/law-clerks.
Those interested in post-graduate positions should also consider applying for DRC-hosted fellowship positions through Skadden, Equal Justice Works, and similar programs. DRC will post sponsorship opportunities as they become available.
Interested applicants should send a resume, brief writing sample (10 pages maximum), and cover letter indicating a preference for practice group, time commitment, and office location, to the law clerk coordinators at LawClerks@disabilityrightsca.org.
At Disability Rights California, we value diversity among our employees because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, we hire without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, creed, age (over 40), Disability (mental and physical), sex, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military and veteran status, or any other protected characteristic.
Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.